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US edge out Russia

Russia's World Cup debut ended in an honourable 13-6 defeat despite a brave performance against the United States in their Pool C clash in New Plymouth.

Russia became the 25th nation to appear at a Rugby World Cup finals, and a promising start saw the Bears take an early lead through a Yuri Kushnarev penalty.

But the USA soon settled and, as expected, enjoyed the better of the contest, with Saracens full-back Chris Wyles kicking two penalties from five attempts and converting a Mike Petri try to seal the win for Eddie O'Sullivan's side, despite Konstantin Rachkov's late penalty for Russia.

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